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France, Provence, Burgundy & Champagne – Small Group Wine Tour

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Code: FRPARFIWT

From AUD: $4,599

Duration: 8 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2018

Short Description

Affordable small group wine tour of Champagne, Burgundy and Provence.

A tour for wine lovers of all standards, visiting three of France's most loved and highly regarded regions.

Limited to a maximum of 20 people, this tour is escorted by an official Guide/Interpreter and travels in a coach.

Some classic tasting experiences will unfold over this eight day tour.

 

 

 

Day 1: Exclusive Private Experience in Champagne

Pick up 9.00AM: meet with your English-speaking guide at your hotel in Paris - hotel to be advised. Transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Reims - time to be advised

Tour and Champagne tasting lunch

The roots of Champagne Dom Caudron are in Passy-Grigny, a village in the Marne Valley where a famous priest, Aimé Caudron, had a visionary and promising idea… The generous epicurean was an iconic vine growing figure in this Marne Valley’s village. He loved eating in the village vine growers’ homes and brightened up banquets with his passion. Dom Caudron knew that the wine they served at mealtimes to enjoy every day had a bright future...

The vineyards in the Marne Valley area, e.g. the village of Passy-Grigny, have been sculpted by several little streams running into the Marne. Passy-Grigny stands at the top of the hills meaning it is exposed to very different elements which gives Meunier its own unique personality.

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Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting

Includes product descriptions, a company history, profile of the owner, and harvest information.

Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, the house played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of Bourgeoisie and Nobility throughout Europe. After the death of her Husband, in 1805, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin known as the widow Clicquot (veuve in French) became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. Under Madame Clicquot's guidance, the firm focused entirely on the last, to great success. She will also revolutionned the techniques of Champagne making process... Therefore she was named “La Grande Dame de la Champagne”.

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Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims

Right in the heart of Reims, magical capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is located just a stone’s throw from the shops and the Cathedral. Between old stones & and new design, the Best Western Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 fully equipped and air-conditioned modern bedrooms full of charm.

Hotel_de_la_Paix.jpgAccommodation for 2 nights in a Privilege room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 2: Exclusive Private Experience in Champagne

Pick up9.00AM: Your English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Reims Cathedral: Guided tourListed in the Unesco World Heritage, with more than 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel, its impressive stained glass windows, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. King Clovis was baptized there around 498, starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France were crowned here.

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Moet & Chandon: tour and Champagne tasting
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.Veuve_Clicquot.jpg

Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.Overnight at your hotel in Reims.

Day 3: Exclusive Private Experience in Burgundy

Pick up check-out after breakfast.9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.Transfer to Chablis.

Tour and picnic lunch in a local domain in Chablis

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Beaune: Guided tourBeaune, in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards, Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune bring a twinkle to the eyes of wine lovers; Beaune is famous for the Hospice de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu). Wine tasting, museums, leisure activities, Wine Auction and cellars.It is from the 15th century that Beaune experienced a real boom: economic, political and financial with the Hotel-Dieu, opened in 1452. Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone Salins gave a humanist dimension to the city since the hospices welcomed only the seriously ill and underprivileged people.Veuve_Clicquot.jpg

Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Hotel Henri II**** in Beaune

The Henry II hotel welcomes you in an auspicious and comfortable atmosphere. This beautiful home has combined charm and tradition, partially listed as a Historic French Monument, is located at the entrance of Beaune. First Hotel Ecolabel of Burgundy, the Hotel Henry II has been able to propose an art of living that reconciles modernity andrespect the environment. The air-conditioned and soundproof rooms are equipped with free Wifi.

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Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 4: Exclusive Private Experience in Burgundy

Pick up9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.Clos Vougeot: guided tour (includes entrances)Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin. Its wines are ones of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot.Today the vineyard is divided between 80 owners.

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Dijon: guided tour of the town

In Roman times Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean.In the 14th century it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece.From the Renaissance onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”.

Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer, its sunny café terraces are perfect for a city break....

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Wine tasting in Beaune

This Domaine is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The wine cellars and the winery are located in Beaune, in the Place Saint-Jacques. Its owner, Yvonnick, has extensive experience in the wine world, having worked for twenty years in sales of Burgundy wines on the French market. The area offers a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, whether white or red.

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Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.

Overnight at your hotel in Beaune.

Day 5: Exclusive Private Experience in Burgundy

Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Hospices de Beaune: Guided tour (includes entrances)

Hospices Civils de Beaune which have, since their foundation in 1443 by the Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, kept their doors open to everyone without interruption. This institution, unique in its historical and wine-producing, is closely connected with the economic life of the region.

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Route des Grands Crus

Picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We will take advantage of being in those prestigious vineyards to explain the Terroir and the different steps needed along the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. L’expression du Terroir”.

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Visit and wine tasting lunch

In 1860, Prosper Maufoux set up with passion his own firm in Santenay, a village in the heart of the vineyards in southern Côte d’Or - Burgundy.
Prosper Maufoux has been taken abroad to the tables of England, The Netherlands and The United States.Their wines are matured in oak barrels which are meticulously combined and adapted to the origin of the grapes and the vintage.
The wines repose in the vaulted cellars for 12 to 18 months. Regular tastings and technical analyses are realized in order to follow the evolution and guarantee the quality and authenticity of the wines.During the lunch, you will taste 8 wines and a local Mâchon Bourguignon.
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After your lunch, transfer to Aix en Provence.

Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Hotel de France***
In the heart of Aix-en-Provence, Hôtel de France is a block away from Cours Mirabeau and right next to the famous Fontaine de la Rotonde, 10min walk from the train station, you are close to restaurants, bars and market. The hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms have private bathroom with bathtub or shower, Nuxe and Clarins products, as well they feature a TV with satellite channels, a desk and a minibar. The hotel offers lift and a computer station and multilingual staff can provide tour/ticket assistance.

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Accommodation for 3 nights in a Charme room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 6: Exclusive Private Experience in Provence

Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Roussillon: ochre trail
Ochre has become the cornerstone of Roussillon's popularity. The village is today a highlight of Luberon, beguiling visitors thanks to its vivid colors. Sculpted by storms, this former ochre deposit today present enchanting scenery, which combines men and nature work. Cliffs, earth pillars, ochre-colored sand hillocks, after being dug out by shovels and picks, are henceforth shaped by the winds and rain.
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Gordes: sightseeing of the village
Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes is absolutely captivating. The village is built on hill sides and coronated by a bright colour church. You will enjoy crossing the village, full of typical Provencal houses, made with the calcareous stone and covered by terracotta tiles. Artists such as Marc Chagall were habitués of this picturesque Luberon perched village, and Gordes still drains nowadays thousands of visitors coming to admire this panorama.Veuve_Clicquot.jpg

Coustellet: Lavender Museum tour
Welcome to our site, our invitation to you to explore our universe of lavender. For generations, our life’s work and our undertakings have centered on true lavender. As you will see, our motivation and our family history are closely connected to rare and beautiful true lavender – to the plant and above all to growing lavender, to distilling lavender, to the legend of lavender. The Lavender Museum is a warm and friendly place to visit and to discover the history of lavender, interesting collections and unusual, unique objects.Veuve_Clicquot.jpg

Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.Dinner at a wine bar at a walking distance from your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence.

Day 7: Exclusive Private Experience in Provence

Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Provence: typical food market in Avignon
Provence is known all over the world for its tasty cuisine. But no good food without good products. Strolling in the famous market of Provence is a nice occasion to understand why what you have in your plate is so genuine and delightful. You will be stunned by the bright and intense colours of olives, spicies,fruits and vegetables, by the smelling of delicatessen, cheese and wine, but also by the crowd and the screaming sellers, competing to attract you on their products !

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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions

Pont du Gard: guided tour

Built in the Ist century AD, the Pont du Gard is one of the most impressive Roman relics conserved in France. Aqueduct spanning the Gard river, this three levels bridge was in charge to bring the water from Uzès to Nîmes, most important city of southern France during the Roman period. 48 m high and 275 m long, it is still the biggest aqueduct in Europe. Resisting several times to the numerous flooding of the Gard, it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1985. 

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Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Gourmet dinner in Aix en Provence at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.

Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence

Day 8: Exclusive private experience in Provence

Breakfast and check-out

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Monday, 25th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up , Tour and Champagne tasting lunch , Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting , Drop off , Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up , Reims Cathedral: Guided tour , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Moet & Chandon: tour and Champagne tasting , Drop off.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up , Tour and picnic lunch in a local domain in Chablis , Beaune: Guided tour , Drop off , Hotel Henri II**** in Beaune.

Thursday, 28th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up , Clos Vougeot : guided tour (includes entrances) , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Dijon: guided tour of the town , Wine tasting in Beaune , Drop off.

Friday, 29th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up , Hospices de Beaune: Guided Tour (includes entrances) , Route des Grands Crus , Visit and wine tasting lunch , Drop off , Hotel de France ***

Saturday, 30th June 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up , Roussillon : ochre trail , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Gordes : sightseeing of the village , Coustellet : Lavender Museum tour , Drop off.

Sunday, 1st July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up , Provence : typical food market in Avignon , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Pont du Gard : guided tour , Drop off.

Monday, 2nd July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Carcassonne
Breakfast and check-out

Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should they not be available, we will offer you alternatives of same standard.

Excluded
Extras, options, personal expenses, other meals, other drinks, other visits, extra hour (75 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day), tips.

Hotels and activities are subject to availability until final booking.

 

 

 

Dates

25 June 2018

24 September 2018

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Price

$4599 per person based on twin/double share

 

 

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